The Uncharted Radio Hour makes its debut on KALW this Thursday at 7 p.m., broadcasting conversations from the Uncharted Berkeley Festival of Ideas. It’s the first of four programs showcasing experts who participated in the 2015 festival.

Uncharted, a production of Berkeleyside, features some of the world’s edgiest thinkers and creative performers. It takes place over two days in downtown Berkeley. This year’s festival is on Friday Oct. 14 and Saturday Oct. 15.

On this week’s Uncharted Radio Hour, we hear from Shannon Brownlee, a national leader in highlighting the scope and consequences of overuse in healthcare. Brownlee argues that millions of people in the U.S. are being harmed — and are even dying — by having unnecessary health interventions. She explores many of these issues in her book, Overtreated — Why too much Medicine is Making us Sicker and PoorerBrownlee was in conversation with former KQED Health Editor Lisa Aliferis.

See Program and get tickets for the 2016 Uncharted Festival on Oct. 14-15

Also on Thursday’s Uncharted Radio Hour: Alice Dreger, an historian of medicine and science, a sex researcher and a writer. Her most recent book is Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science. Dreger made headlines in 2015 when she resigned from her position at Northwestern University for what she said was a lack of academic independence. Dreger sat down with Lance Knobel, co-founder of Berkeleyside and Uncharted’s program curator, at the 2015 Uncharted Festival for a conversation that ran the gamut from sex through science and back again.

Festivalgoers walk through the UC Berkeley campus towards the Uncharted 2015 party at Alumni House, led by Elsa Tranter and Colleen Neff of the Berkeley Path Wanderers. Photo: Kelly Sullivan

This year’s Uncharted Festival of Ideas, for which KALW is a media sponsor, takes place at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in downtown Berkeley on Friday Oct. 14 and Saturday Oct. 15, with the opening-night party at Alumni House on the Cal campus. Speakers include The Vagina Monologues creator Eve Ensler; KQED Forum host Michael Krasny; UCSF’s Robert Wachter, author of The Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age; and NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen.  For information and tickets visit

Future Uncharted Radio Hour programs will air on KALW, 91.7 MHz,  Sept. 29, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13.

End-of-Summer discounted tickets (over 35% off regular price) for this year’s Uncharted Festival are available through Sept. 23 at

Podcasts of 15 of conversations from last year’s Uncharted Festival can be downloaded for free on the Berkeleyside podcast channel on iTunes.

Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas‘ sponsorship partners are: Autodesk; Cloudera; Wareham Development; DeYoe Wealth Management; Jetton Construction; North Berkeley Investment Partners; Panoramic Interests; 2000 Center Street LLC; Downtown Berkeley Association; Hotel Shattuck Plaza; UC Berkeley College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley; The Grubb Company; Magoosh; BART; Minuteman Press; Andronico’s Community Markets; APS Wines; Drake’s Brewing Company; TCHO; Inflection Point; and KALW.

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